Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)




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Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first of playwright Neil Simon's unofficial "autobiographical trilogy" (it was followed by Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound). Jonathan Silverman repeats his stage role as Simon's teenaged alter-ego Eugene, who lives in 1937 Brooklyn with his parents (Blythe Danner and Bob Dishy), older brother Stanley (Brian Drillinger), aunt (Judith Ivey) and female cousins (Stacey Glick and Lisa Waltz). Much is made of Eugene's burgeoning sexual self-awareness and his father's efforts to support his huge extended family on his meager salary.

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Jonathan Silverman
as Eugene Morris Jerome
Judith Ivey
as Blanche
Fyvush Finkel
as Greenblatt
Kathleen Doyle
as Mrs. Laski
Alan Weeks
as Andrew
Marilyn Cooper
as Woman in Street
Edgard Mourino
as Stunt Driver
Jason Alexander
as Pool Player
Christian Baskous
as Pool Player
Brian Evers
as Policeman
Ed Deacy
as Policeman
Wanda Bimson
as Dance Teacher
Richard Bright
as Recruiting Sergeant
James Handy
as Frank Murphy
Bette Henritze
as Mrs. Murphy
Steven Hill
as Mr. Stroheim
David Margulies
as Mr. Farber
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Critic Reviews for Brighton Beach Memoirs

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

... a regularly funny and at times affecting movie that captures, if not always successfully, the kind of back-and-forth of any ordinary family.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The stage version of Brighton Beach Memoirs seemed much more alive than this film.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

...a deliberately-paced yet mostly compelling drama...

May 18, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Nothing in Brighton Beach Memoirs really catches fire all seems compounded of old radio family sitcoms, a thick impasto of easy humor and crushing sentimentality.

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The usual savory Simon mix of humor and pathos never really goes beneath the surface.

March 29, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Poignant portrayal of puberty has sexual content, profanity.

July 26, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Brighton Beach Memoirs


I remember watching this on HBO when I was a kid. Can't remember exactly what it was about except that Jon Silverman hooked up with someones wife...HEY I was 13 so that was all I was thinking about anyway.

Chad Roesti
Chad Roesti

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